Ovarian Cancer Treatment in Hialeah, Hollywood, Miramar and Plantation

Ovarian Cancer develops when abnormal malignant cells grow inside or near the ovaries, forming a tumor. While not the most common of gynecological cancers, ovarian cancer is the most difficult to diagnose. That is primarily because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are non-specific, which means these symptoms are common to other gynecologic and gastrointestinal conditions. Annual gynecologic exams and awareness of the symptoms are key to early detection and a better prognosis.

The Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Here are the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer:

Four early signs of ovarian cancer include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Indigestion
  • Pain during intercourse

Other symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Change in bladder and bowel habits
  • Unintentional weight loss or period changes

Being proactive, listening to your body, and scheduling an appointment to see a gynecologist could be a lifesaver.

How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

Currently, there is no accurate screening test for ovarian cancer. The diagnostic process generally begins with a pelvic exam to check your outer genitals, pelvic structures, and uterus size for any irregularities. Based on the exam, your doctor will determine if you need an ultrasound or CT scan to get a clearer look inside your reproductive system. Next, the doctor may order a CA-125 blood test to check for blood markers of ovarian cancer.

Generally, none of these tests are conclusive, but together the results provide enough information to define the next steps.

The most definitive way to make an accurate diagnosis is to perform a biopsy of the suspected tissue and send it to the laboratory. If the cells are malignant, an MRI or PET scan will be scheduled to determine if the cancer has spread.

Armed with the results of the physical exam and tests, your physician is in the best position to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

How is ovarian cancer treated?

Surgical staging is a crucial step in determining the exact treatment plan. Most women with ovarian cancer will have some type of surgery to remove the tumor, followed by chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is provided at The Center for Gynecologic Oncology which offers a unique advantage to both the patient and the physician. The advantage for patients being managed by a gynecologic oncologist is that they are experts in gynecologic cancers (especially ovarian cancer) and due to their subspecialized training, will also provide both surgical removal of the tumor and coordinate, administer, and manage complications of chemotherapy treatment. Depending on the type of ovarian cancer and how advanced it is, you might need other types of treatment, including radiation.

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How is ovarian cancer
treated?

All women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but the risk does increase with age and genetic predisposition. A family history of colon, ovarian, or breast cancer, an immediate blood female family member with ovarian cancer, or a family history of cancer due to a mutation of the BRCA gene increases your risk for this disease.

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All women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but the risk does increase with age and genetic predisposition. A family history of colon, ovarian, or breast cancer, an immediate blood female family member with ovarian cancer, or a family history of cancer due to a mutation of the BRCA gene increases your risk for this disease.

Early detection of ovarian cancer
leads to a better prognosis.

At the Center for Gynecologic Oncology, we have seen firsthand the role early detection plays in increasing the survival rate for ovarian cancer. As gynecologist oncologists, we are dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date treatments and the best possible outcome.

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